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Emily King
Background information
Born July 10, 1985(age 24)
Origin New York, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop soul, jazz, reggae
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Free Agent
Associated acts Notorious B.I.G, Alicia Keys
Notable instruments
Vocals, guitar

Emily King (born July 10, 1985 in New York) is a Grammy-nominated American singer and songwriter. She started her career in 2005 and her debut album East Side Story was released two years later in August 2007. In December 2007, King was listed as a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary R&B Album.[1]



King was born to an international jazz duo, Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti.[2] Emily and her brother were always exposed to music, especially jazz and classical sounds during their childhood. [3][4][5][6]


The music on her J Records debut, East Side Story, reveals roots that are both deep & ambitious. Kings words are packed with references to the wide range of great artists that inspired her - the Beatles, Nas, Sarah Vaughn, Radiohead & Michael Jackson. "Every record that I’ve ever heard has been an influence on me", she says.

The very first song that she completed, "Business Man" - a commentary on heartless capitalists - is a central moment on East Side Story. "I always thought if I write a song, it's not going to be about relationships," she says. "There are so many things in this world to talk about." She quickly advanced from banging around on a guitar in her apartment to performing on the local folk club circuit at such noted venues as the Bitter End and CBGB's Gallery.

In the meantime, King had discovered hip-hop and immersed herself in a culture that would add yet another ingredient to her musical mix. She met Sony Music publisher Bill Brown who introduced her to Sony writer/producer Chucky Thompson, a member of Bad Boy Entertainment's famed Hitman studio team who had recorded smashes with the likes of the Notorious BIG and Mary J. Blige. Thompson signed her to his production company, and together they began searching for the right sound to capture King's eclectic tastes and styles. After taking her demos to various labels, they signed with J Records and began the process of making a real album. Unable to be contained by any one category, Emily King represents the best of what our musical future might look like. Rather than concentrate on the differences between hip-hop and rock, party music and protest music, black and white, she's committing herself to finding common ground. "I'm just finding my own culture within myself," she says![7][8]




East Side Story Sampler (2006)

  1. "Walk in My Shoes"
  2. "Colorblind"
  3. "You & I"
  4. "Hold Me"
  5. "Ain't No Sunshine"


Year Information Chart positions Sales and certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B UK
2007 East Side Story
  • Released: August 28, 2007
  • Format: CD
Worldwide sales:
RIAA: 18,000+


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B Hot Adult R&B Airplay
2007 "Walk In My Shoes" 74 22 East Side Story
2008 "U & I" 101 26


  1. ^
  2. ^ - Emily King and her "East Side Story"
  3. ^ - Emily King Gives Us Her "East Side Story", website
  4. ^ speaks on her upbringing
  5. ^ Solomon, G: "Po' Jazz at the Cornelia Street Cafe", website. 2006
  6. ^ J Records, : "Who is Emily King? J Records Introduction", website. 2007
  7. ^ Emily King Fans Biography, website. 2007
  8. ^ Emily King Fans, : "Emily King Biography", website. 2007

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